Saturday, August 13, 2016

You Scream, I Scream....but these Mooks steal for Ice Cream!

Ice cream bandits are wreaking havoc on NYC supermarkets

 New York Post

Two-bit ice cream thieves are enraging billionaire John Catsimatidis.
The supermarket magnate has issued a $5,000 reward for information on a gang of crooks swiping ice cream from his stores and then peddling it on the cheap to bodegas, which illegally resell it.
“They keep stealing it because it’s an easy item to sell,’’ Catsimatidis groused to The Post on Thursday, adding that he suspects most of the thieves are junkies.
“The bodegas buy it, they encourage it,’’ he added.
A Bonnie-and-Clyde duo coolly hit up Catsimatidis’ Gristedes store in Chelsea on Tuesday, stuffing 80 cartons of Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream into four bags before making for the door.
Police said the man and woman swiped 49 cartons of Häagen-Dazs and 31 of Ben & Jerry’s at the Ninth Avenue location.
The thieves were foiled when workers chased them and grabbed their frozen loot as they fled.
Store manager Robert Montalvo said he and two clerks cornered the “drugged-out-looking” pair at the exit.
“The guy said, ‘We got this from another store.’ I’m like, ‘Really?’ ” Montalvo said.
Police said the theft fits a citywide pattern.

Sources have said the ice cream — which retails for $6 a pint — is stolen by low-level creeps and resold to bodegas for as low as 10 cents on the dollar.
There have been more than 250 ice cream theft complaints this year, and 130 arrests.
The thefts are also a public health risk, since the ice cream often melts before bodega bootleggers are able to refreeze it, making the cartons a breeding ground for germs.
At a bodega near the Chelsea Gristedes, The Post documented pints of Ben & Jerry’s selling for a discounted $5. They were covered in frost, suggesting freezer burn from ­being refrozen.
“[It] looks like it’s been out in the sun for an hour and refrozen,” said Andy Chung, 22, a waiter who works nearby.
Chung said he loves ice cream and often buys it at bodegas to save money — but the theft at Gristedes has changed his mind.
Sam Nowak, a student, agreed that stolen ice cream is a turnoff.
“I try to be conscientious about my purchases. I’m all about fair-trade coffee, humanely farmed poultry, stuff like that . . . I’m not going to buy it,” he said.


Adamsunderground said...

Hillary could kick off a War on Dairy, imploring the nation to do as she does and lick Fro Yo. This is why we must allow unlimited entry to any frozen Yolandas.

Trooper York said...

Hillary eats Hummus. Or Huma. Or something like that there.

XRay said...

*Off Topic*

Hey, congrats, Lem. A front page re-tweet and a good one too!

XRay said...

I hate thieves, really. At Safeway I once watched a guy stuff a backpack full of booze and just walk out. I alerted the help and they just shrugged their shoulders. We all pay for that shit one way or another. Yuck, 4:41. Though I did once have a short torrid affair with a waitress named Yolanda who worked at a Denny's on Colfax. She was anything but frozen.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Crooked Hillary: Making Shoplifting Great Again

Trooper York said...

I hate when you get ice cream that has melted and was refrozen. In fact I hate anything with freezer burn. You get that all the time in certain supermarkets.

Sixty Grit said...

My ex-FiL used to work at Gristedes, but that said, I am going to guess that the thieves are not lactose intolerant.

If they get caught will they do time in the cooler? Be put on ice?

edutcher said...

I may be wrong, but this sounds like one of those behaviors brought here from someplace else.

Steal and sell ice cream? Nobody would have even considered such a thing even 10 years ago.

Or have I missed something?

rcocean said...

Watching the Olympics - Women diving - lots of cute women.

rcocean said...

Much better than watching Women's Boxing/Wrestling/Shot put.

Trooper York said...

Whacu talking about Willis?

I was rooting for Shirley Hemphill to win the shot put.

rcocean said...

Hey I'm rooting for Rosie to win the shot put or go Kaput.
Hopefully the 2nd.

Free Association: And that Willis quote reminds me of this for some reason:


windbag said...

I expected the link to go to The Onion. What a wacky world. $6 for a pint of ice cream is a gold mine for the manufacturer.

rcocean said...

Windbag maybe this is more your speed:

ice cream

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

"I hate when you get ice cream that has melted and was refrozen. In fact I hate anything with freezer burn. You get that all the time in certain supermarkets."

You mean Bodegas that buy and sell stolen ice-cream?

Leland said...

Bluebell is on sell 5/$5 at Krogers, just sayin. Personally, I like the house brand.

windbag said...

@rcocean, the first 30 seconds or so had potential. They spent a lot of money cleaning up those hookers.